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View details Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2013
$ 21.99 Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2013
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SauvBlanc / Central Otago / NewZealand
The frigid climes and inhospitable terroirs of Cromwell Basin are idyll for Sauvignon Blanc of defined Central Otago regionality. The combination of chilled winds and stony alluvial soils enthuse vines to yield small crops of parched and intensely flavoured grapes, brimming with vigorous fruit characters, while offering the balance and structure for the realization of bold white wines in suave old world styling. The Sauvignon Blanc of choice to accompany braised white meats, the freshest fried fish, or a gourmandise blanquette de lapin.
 
View details Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
$ 21.99 Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
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PinotNoir / Central Otago / NewZealand
A 19th century grazier with a sheep station overrun by rabbits, Mr. MacGregor tried unsuccessfully to reduce the population by catching them and turning them into pies. The locals took up the challenge but the plague continued. Eventually MacGregor decided to plant vines and make a decent Pinot Noir to go with all the pie he was eating. Rabbit Ranch is made to a very soft, fruit forward, low tannin style. Beautifully aromatic, textural with the characteristic Otago richness, clean and endowed with exquisite balance, a wine to be savoured and supped.
 
View details Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Pinot Gris 2013
$ 21.99 Rabbit Ranch Central Otago Pinot Gris 2013
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PinotGris Grigio / Central Otago / NewZealand
Rabbits and livestock coexisted on the Central Otago sheep station for many years, but the four legged grazers couldn't keep up with the nocturnal activities of wild bunnies and became hopelessly outnumbered. They were driven off the land and were last seen heading north. The owner of Rabbit Ranch tried a number of measures to clean the property of rabbits but was unsuccessful. In the end, Mr McGregor decided to find a recipe for rabbit, appetizing to all, which would rid him of his rodent problem, while providing a suitable culinary match to his own, home grown Pinot Gris wine.
 
Land that was once a high country sheep station is now a flourishing vineyard

Sheep and rabbits coexisted on the land for some time but the sheep couldn’t keep up with the nocturnal activity of the rabbits and were hopelessly outnumbered – they were driven off the land and were last seen heading north. The owner of Rabbit Ranch, Mr McGregor tried a number of measures to rid the land of the rabbits at the turn of the century, but was unsuccessful. In the end he decided to plant some vines and make wine.

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The vineyard fell into decline after the second world war until direct descendants of Mr McGregor, Warren and Betty McGregor decided to replant the vineyard, and as they say – the rest is history. Rabbits still run wild on the vineyard and fuelled by high altitude Pinot grapes, some are reputed to be the size of ponies – but that could be another tall story.

Central Otago makes a distinctive style of Pinot Noir that's recognized around the world for it's concentration of flavour and earthy, gamey qualities. Rabbit Ranch is a commune of vineyards which were once part of a high altitude sheep station in the Cromwell Basin of Central Otago. Vines are predominantly planted to light, stony soils on the remains of an ancient glacial riverbed.

A long slow ripening period with cool nights and warm days as the autumn harvest approaches, ripens grapes to the fullest. The growers have enlisted the expertise of Pinot Noir specialists Chard Farm, to craft an early drinking, fruit forward wine in a lighter style with all the requisite Central Otago regionality.

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